Radio Venceremos

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A reconstruction of Radio Venceremos, at the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, San Salvador

Radio Venceremos (Spanish; in English, "'We Shall Overcome' Radio") was an 'underground' radio network of the anti-government Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) during the Salvadoran Civil War. The station "specialized in ideological propaganda, acerbic commentary, and pointed ridicule of the government".[1] The radio station was founded by Carlos Henríquez Consalvi (Santiago).[2]

Despite the end of the war in 1992, the network continues to broadcast. The war years of the station and its national and international influence were documented in the Spanish-language book Las mil y una historias de radio Venceremos and its English translation, Rebel radio: the story of El Salvador's Radio Venceremos, by the author José Ignacio López Vigil (translator: Mark Fried), a book recorded by the American Library of Congress. An exhibit honoring Radio Venceremos, including a studio room with original equipment, forms a prominent part of the Museum of the Revolution in Perquín, Morazán, El Salvador.

Digitized recordings[3] of the Radio Venceremos broadcasts are freely available online through the Human Rights Documentation Initiative[4] at the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at the University of Texas at Austin.

Further reading[edit]

  • López Vigil, José Ignacio. Rebel radio: the story of El Salvador's Radio Venceremos. (Translator, Mark Fried). Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, [1994]. Translation of Las mil y una historias de Radio Venceremos. ISBN 1-880684-21-7.
  • Consalvi, Carlos Henríquez (Santiago). La Terquedad del Izote, La historia de Radio Venceremos. México: Editorial Diana, Ediciones Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, 1992. 268p., ISBN 99923-840-0-X
  • Radio Venceremos Digital Collection - University of Texas Libraries


  1. ^ Mark Danner (December 6, 1993). "The Truth of El Mozote". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  2. ^ Terra Pacifico, biography (in Spanish)
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  4. ^ "Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI)".